Bruce F. Syme

January 30, 1940March 29, 2021

Bruce Franklin Syme, age 81, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loved ones on March 29, 2021, after a valiant battle with leukemia. Born January 30, 1940 in Caldwell, Idaho to parents James Carlyle Syme and Anna E. Bock. He married Lila F Hopple Syme on July 12, 1959 after two years of dating and a one year engagement. They were high school sweethearts. Where they met when she was 15 and he was 16. They married at the ages of 18 and 19, they would have celebrated their 62nd anniversary this coming July. They were blessed with four wonderful children; Cinderina Knutson (Clif), Bruce S. Syme, Sherri Lujan (Ron), Michael A. Syme and ten grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Bruce graduated from Kuna High School and College of Idaho. He majored in accounting and minored in music. He played the trombone from sixth grade through high school. One of his music teachers told him he was a natural on the trombone. He worked for JC Penney’s accounting department for over 31 years and then for Pioneer Valley Hospital, now known as Jordan Valley West Campus, for 22 years. Retiring after turning 81 and his health worsened. He loved to work, and did so often in severe pain. He loved to garden and had wonderful gardens full of vegetables and flowers. He loved to do crossword puzzles and always did them in ink! He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather, and was a hero to each of us. And always will be! He was quiet, reserved and wise. He was preceded in death by his father, mother, two brothers, one son, and father and mother in law. Survived by his wife, son, two daughters and son in laws, ten grandchildren and nine great grandchildren, one brother and one sister, three sister in laws, one brother in law and many nieces and nephews. He was dearly loved by all who knew him.

A viewing will be held at 1:00 PM at Valley View Memorial Park 4335 W 4100 S West Valley City with Funeral Services to follow at 2:00 PM.

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Cindy Knutson

April 10, 2021

Thank you all for your memories and special words. ❤

Kirk Roberts

April 10, 2021

Bruce was one of the most efficient individuals that I ever had the pleasure of working with. I’ve been working at Jordan Valley West/Pioneer Valley hospital for the last 20 years and Bruce was a big part of that. He was always pleasant, he always had a smile on his face and he was accommodating at all times. We never had to worry about supplies or material to make sure that we could take care of our patients properly. BRUCE was a major assist to the hospital and the community. We will miss you.

Melanie Ward

April 9, 2021

I worked with Bruce for the last 21 years at Pioneer Valley Hospital / Jordan West Valley MC. Bruce was the kindest person and always had a smile and a friendly hello every time I saw him in the hallways. He never complained and work hard in everything he did. It was a pleasure to know him. RIP my friend.

David Pierce

April 8, 2021

Cinderina, thank you for sharing memories of your father. I loved him and I love your sweet mother! My father, Lewis Pierce (who passed away in 2015), was their home teacher and I used to accompany him to go to your parents house when I was little. I always enjoyed visiting with them.

And your father was an EXCELLENT candy and Christmas goodie maker. We always looked forward to his goodie plate at Christmas. I was at my mom's house this past Christmas when he came over and I'm so glad I was, not just for the treats, but the treat of visiting with him for just a moment. Christmas will never be the same now.

Your family will be in my prayers.

Cinderina Knutson

April 4, 2021

My Father (my Daddy) was always a wonderful, full of life person. He lived life to the fullest. In his younger years he played golf, baseball & lettered in football in high school.
He was always on the go, he was not one to sit. He liked to be busy.
He loved country music, the older stuff. I grew up listening to it & that's my favorite music also. He loved gardening.
We always had fun, Daddy would take us and our friends out to play baseball on a field at school or park. Then afterwards would get us a treat. He'd take us horseback riding up in Draper (before it was developed). I have so many happy memories of my Daddy. He'd help me with my math homework, He'd do it IN HIS HEAD! He amazed me.
My Daddy suffered quite a bit for most of the last 11 years. You wouldn't know it, he never complained. He'd go to doctor appointments after work, or would go back to work after. Except for the months we'd be up to huntsman for his cancer treatments. One week every month for months. From 7am to 4pm. His boss knew, but Daddy didn't want anyone else to know.
My Daddy is My HERO!
When we called 911 to get him up to huntsman on March 22 they had to take him to Pioneer Valley hospital to stabilize his blood pressure. Then when they were ready to transport him on to huntsman, only Mama could go with him.
I told him "I love you, you're my Hero you know". He said "I lost my cape". I said, "I'll make you a new one". He said "I want plaid".
I made that cape, but I didn't get it done before he passed. He can see it though. It will be with him.
My parents were always there for us kids. With unconditional love and support. Also for grandkids and great grandkids.
Their love for each other was so apparent. The cards they gave each other made me cry.
He will be with me always. I love him so much and he has left a big void.

Daddy say hi to Mikey & I'll see you both again one day. Until then you'll always be in my heart and soul.
Forever your daughter, Cindy

Cinderina Knutson

April 4, 2021

My Mama and Daddy.
Their love was apparent.